Dell PowerVault Review
Entry level storage array. Has limited scalability - perhaps below 100 server environments.


Valuable Features

Extending volume sizes.

Improvements to My Organization

It allows on demand without disruption to growing the size of a volume which then in turn allows a system to see more disk capacity previously this required downtime and had to be schedule out of hours.

Room for Improvement

Better monitoring / event logs and firmware upgrade process.

Use of Solution

2 years.

Deployment Issues

No the San was fairly easy to install and the documentation is good.

Stability Issues

Only once when the storage array seem to be very slow and caused VMware Hosts to not see the volumes.

Scalability Issues

Not yet, as this was for a small virtualisation environment of 20 servers and 100 desktops.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Very good general Dell Storage support is very responsive.

Technical Support:

Technical knowledge was good.

Previous Solutions

EMC AX3, due to high hardware and maintenance costs Dell was selected.

Initial Setup

Was easy to setup.

Implementation Team

Vendor team, Ultima Business Solutions.

ROI

1 year.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Setup cost was £30k hard to determine day to day costs.

Other Solutions Considered

Dell EqualLogic was reviewed but deemed too expensive for the use case.

Other Advice

Understand that this is a entry level storage array and has limited scalability perhaps below 100 server environments.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We're a Dell partner

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